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Greece loses 400,000 civil service jobs to crisis

Moscow, Nov 23 :  The number of Greek civil servants has fallen by 400,000 in three years of crisis, Administrative Reform Minister Antonis Maniatakis said. There were nearly one million civil servants in 2009 but now there are just 640,000, he told a parliamentary hearing. Considering that more than 40,000 will be pensioned off before the end of the year, no more than 600,000 will be left, he added. More... 

Britain may tighten curb on pornography

London, Nov 17: British government may soon toughen up controls on internet pornography in a bid to keep it away from children’s reach. According to the proposals, due to be announced by the government later this month, in future anyone buying a new computer or signing up with a new internet service provider will be asked whether they have children when they log on for the first time, Daily... 

Indian woman’s death: Irish PM won’t be ‘rushed’ on abortion issue

Dublin, Nov 17: Ireland’s prime minister said on Friday he would not be rushed into making a decision on the issue of abortion, after an Indian woman who was refused a termination died from blood poisoning in an Irish hospital. “This is a matter that has divided Irish society now for a great number of years, and I am not going to be rushed into a situation by force of numbers on any side,”... 

Winston Churchill’s Land Rover sells for 129,000 pounds

London, Oct 22: A Land Rover built for former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill on his 80th birthday has sold for a whopping 129,000 pounds at an auction in UK. The vehicle, which had been modified to enable him to be chauffeur-driven around his Chartwell estate in Kent, was expected to fetch up to 60,000 pounds at an auction in Cambridgeshire, the BBC News reported. The Land Rover sold for... 

Greece saved from bankruptcy for time being

Berlin, Aug 5:  The European Central Bank (ECB) has saved Greece from bankruptcy for the time being by securing it interim financing in the form of additional emergency loans from the Bank of Greece, German newspaper Die Welt said on Saturday. The ECB’s Governing Council agreed at its meeting on Thursday to increase the upper limit for the amount of Greek short-term loans the Bank of Greece... 

Fresh snowfall disrupts Europe’s rail, air traffic!

London, Dec 23: Thousands of air travellers remained stranded and train services were severely disrupted as fresh snowfall and sub-zero temperatures worsened Europe’s Christmas travel chaos. For the fifth consecutive night, several hundred stranded passengers slept on camping beds at Germany’s largest airport in Frankfurt as the authorities struggled to cope with the tension building up...